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Masisi dividing BDP – Khama



STANDING HIS GROUND: Former President Dr Ian Khama accused President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi of dividing the party he left intact

Former President Dr Ian Khama says Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is in shambles because of its current leader President Mokgweetsi Masisi. Dr Khama who was speaking at a meeting called by party elders in Serowe said his successor has divided the party. He feared that the way Dr Masisi is dividing the BDP he would likely do the same to the country.

The duo is currently not seeing eye to eye since last year when Dr Masisi became head of state. Dr Khama stated that he had waited for well over 11 months to meet with the President but Dr Masisi is not forthcoming.

“You heard him when he was speaking in Moshupa recently. He was speaking as if he is not the president. He is saying I have sent Dr Pelonomi Veson-Moitoi to challenge him. That is not true.
“Dr Venson-Moitoi is like a sister and a mother to me. She only came to me in December last year to inform me that she wants to run for the party presidency. I left the BDP a united party. But under him just look at what happened during our primary elections”, said Dr Khama.

The former president told multitudes that filled the Lady Khama Hall that the way primary elections were conducted has resulted in many court cases and people opting to contest this year’s general elections as independent candidates.

Dr Khama stated that if the president is off-track, it is their responsibility as democrats to put him back on track. He dismissed claims that there are people who want to kill Dr Masisi pointing out that such people would have to go through him first.

He told the meeting that he has decided to support Dr Venson-Moitoi for party presidency because of her experience as Member of Parliament and minister. He said Dr Masisi was out of order when he decided to fire Dr Venson-Moitoi from his cabinet.

Dr Venson-Moitoi was fired as Minister of Local Government and Rural Development in December last year after she announced that she would be challenging Dr Masisi for the top post.
BDP will on April 5th 2019 converge in Kang village to vote for party president. The victor will become BDP Presidential candidate for 2019 general elections.

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BDP to crack whip on dissidents



Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is poised to crack the whip on members that attended last month’s “illegal” Serowe meeting that was allegedly called by the Central Region party elders.

The meeting was to discuss what transpired during the regional congress where President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi was endorsed as the preferred candidate to lead the party against the recommended name of Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

The party has since scheduled disciplinary hearings for the affected members following a complaint letter from Steady Sethaba – Chairman of Serowe West Branch dated March 1st 2019.
About 28 people have been listed in the complaint letter as some of the attendants. Dr Khama and Dr Venson-Moitoi have not been listed in the complaint letter, although they were present as well as Member of Parliament for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma who is also vying for the party’s Secretary General position.

BDP National Disciplinary Committee Vice Chairman Yame Tshepo Kebabonye has since written to the affected BDP members that the hearings are scheduled for the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19 of April 2019 in the morning at party head office. Through the letter dated 6th March 2019 Kebabonye has called on those appearing to have availed their statements of defence within 14 days of receipt of the summons. In the complaint letter Sethaba had indicated that the meeting was in violation of the party constitution because it was not called by an established organ of the party.

“The speakers also deliberately misled and incited the meeting attendants by speaking in a way that was aimed at leaving them believing that the regional congress led the delegates to do what was unconstitutional. “Of late there has been an emergence of unruly behaviour by some members of Serowe constituencies which necessitate for appropriate remedial action before it gets out of control,” Sethaba said in the complaint letter.

The Serowe “illegal”meeting was held on the 24th of February 2019 and was attended by among others former President Dr Ian Khama, Dr Venson-Moitoi, Member of Parliament for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma and Roseline Panzirah-Matshome who is vying for Deputy Secretary General post ahead of the party’s elective congress in July this year. Also, in attendance were most of Central District BDP councillors. Following this meeting party Secretary General Mpho Balopi revealed that disciplinary action would be taken against those members who attended the ‘illegal meeting.’

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Many will remember Apostle Joel Keitumele as Ntsoro the comedian who would leave people in stitches with his rib-cracking jokes.

Now an apostle who leads Heavenly International Soul church with his wife Amo Keitumele, he confided in The Midweek Sun that he has never bought powers to make himself and his church powerful as it is often alleged by members of the public.

Two years ago, there were allegations that he had lost his mind after he failed to honour an agreement with a seller of powers in Ghana. “They were saying I was mentally disturbed and that I was being tormented by a snake because I dishonoured an agreement from a seller of powers in Ghana. I have never been to Ghana and the rumours were baseless,” he said, adding that someone even lied that his aunt works at Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital and had seen Keitumele at the hospital.

He also recalled the time he was invited at Btv with now born again Shumba Ratshega. He was wearing two rings. “One was my wedding ring and the other on my right hand was a Versace. A caller asked why I was wearing the other one and there were talks that it’s for powers.” He said he took it off and gave it to the presenter to wear and that nothing happened to him.

Lately, there are allegations that he wears an eagle belt, known in street lingo as ‘Prophetic belt’and purpoted to have powers to increase miracles in church and to attract more people. It is won by several other pastors and prophets among them, Shepherd Bushiri, Alph Lukau, Passion Java and Eubert Angel. He confirmed that he has it. He however said there is nothing like a prophetic belt or prophetic shoes.

“Of recent, God released a cloud of young prophets and these like their older mentors or spiritual fathers are stylish and they like fashion. “We have tapped into that. So most of us have Versace shoes, Eagle belts because we like looking good. People refer to them as ‘Prophetic this and that’ but there is nothing prophetic about them.

It’s just that we like them but we don’t need them for powers,” he said. Keitumele confirmed that he sells the trending shoes and belts at his store in Gaborone. “We just like our belts. Nothing more. The power is in the price. Monna ke monna ka setlhako le lebante,” he said.

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